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11. Posted by brad_cat (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I recently read Made in America by Bill Bryson. I have a thing for books on writing and the use of language, and this one had a lot of little stories that make you go "huh!". I heard his book about Australia is really, really good, too.

I just read his Australia book a week ago. Interesting reading, he's got a good sense of humour.

12. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

I've read Bryson's "Lost Continent", loved it. Blue highways, by William Least Heat-Moon is also pretty good.

13. Posted by dbgomes (Respected Member 72 posts) 11y

I've read Bryson's "Lost Continent", loved it

What was the 'Lost Continent' on about?

14. Posted by kenofcork (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

Pete MacCarthy - Legend - RIP

15. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

If you like Chick Lit then read BACKPACK by Emily Barr

16. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

The synosis for the book Backpack by Emily Barr is

It's New Year's Day and the year isn't kicking off well for Tansy: her mother's dead, she's a cocaine addict and her boyfriend has just left her. A trip around the world seems like the only option except that she's not interested in seeing the world, just escaping from it, and the last people she wants to hang out with are backpackers.
Like a lot of travellers on the Lonely-Planet-led Asian Grand Tour, Tansy is intensely irritating at first. Always on the look out for the "real" Vietnam--the one in which she can walk around "like a model, fanning myself gently, strolling into ancient temples and learning about inner peace"--she is opinionated, narrow-minded and remarkably naive (for a supposed media luvvy). Once she has shrugged off her addiction to lines of coke, skinny lattes and Nicole Fahri jumpers, she becomes more appealing. So by the time she's fallen for Max, a fellow traveller, she'll have won you over and you'll be just as worried as she is about the serial killer who appears to be on her trail.

17. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

Also Baggage by Emily Barr is good if you are going to Australia!!
Read reviews on Amazon!!

18. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

Cheers Jo D, I've actually read both of those books, although some time ago now i think!

19. Posted by mshorrock (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

Peter Moore ( is a very funny Australian author, has a similar style to Bill Bryson.

His most popular book is The Wrong Way Home, London to Sydney the hard way, but others I have read are just as good.

I just started reading Holy Cow!

20. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

Its so hard sitting here, waiting to go off travelling because its all so exciting and I really cant wait!At least reading such books helps you feel inspired.....
I also loved 'Backpack' by Emily Barr,Obviously 'The Beach' is a winner too!Ive just read "Are you Experienced?" by William Sutcliffe, hardly what you call hard reading, but its funny and gets you into the travelling spirit!Its all about a guy who goes to India and suffers the trials and tribulations of being a backpacker, definatley reccommend it, especially if you are heading out to India!Also just read "The Backpacker" by John Harris about the crazy adventures of a couple of British guys throughout South East Asia, endding up fruit picking in Australia then jetting of to Hong Kong with a lot of far fetched stories thrown getting involved with the Thai Mafia.....however its funning and definatley a good read!!!!!Any one reccommend any good books based on the S.E Asia area????